Andrew McCarthy

Andrew McCarthy

Infobox actor

name = Andrew McCarthy
birthname = Andrew Thomas McCarthy
birthdate = birth date and age|1962|11|29
location = New York, New York, U.S.
deathdate =
deathplace =
occupation = Actor
spouse = Carol Schneider
(1999-2005) (divorced) 1 child

Andrew McCarthy (born November 29, 1962) is an American actor.


Early life

McCarthy was born in New York City, New York. He grew up in Westfield, New Jersey before moving to Bernardsville, New Jersey where he attended Bernards High School prior to attending The Pingry School. While enrolled at the preparatory school, McCarthy took to acting in plays and musicals and playing on the school's basketball team. When he graduated, McCarthy enrolled in New York University as a theater major. This led to his first film role as the lead in the 1983 film "Class".


McCarthy gained recognition in Hollywood during the 1980s. His classic, clean-cut good looks continually had him placed as the sincere and kind leading man. As McCarthy's career grew, he involuntarily became a member of the infamous '80s Hollywood teen group the Brat Pack. In fact, McCarthy's better-known films include the Brat Pack films "St. Elmo's Fire" and "Pretty in Pink". During the filming of "St. Elmo's Fire," McCarthy took up smoking. He was unable to kick the habit until 1995. [ - "Things I Never Told You" trivia] Years after the filming of "Pretty in Pink", co-star and fellow Brat Pack member Molly Ringwald admitted to having a huge crush on Andrew during the filming. She found him "incredibly cute" and "dreamy." ["Pretty In Pink: Everything's Duckie Edition" interviews] In 1985 McCarthy did his best to escape Hollywood by making his Broadway debut in "The Boys of Winter." He eventually returned to Hollywood to perform. As the '90s neared, McCarthy's career began to falter.Fact|date=August 2008 He starred in several disappointing films that were unable to captivate audiences, such as "Fresh Horses" and "Kansas". Although his 1989 comedy film "Weekend at Bernie's" was a hit, it failed to lift his career back up.Fact|date=August 2008 In 1993, he had a supporting role in the critically-acclaimed "The Joy Luck Club".

He returned to Broadway Theater to star in "Side Man." In 2003, McCarthy was set to guest star in two episodes of '. However, due to bad relations with actor Vincent D'Onofrio, series creator Dick Wolf decided against it. Wolf later stated, "Mr. McCarthy engaged in fractious behavior from the moment he walked on the set." McCarthy fired back in a statement of his own saying, "I was fired because I refused to allow a fellow actor to threaten me with physical violence, bully me and try to direct me." [ Andrew McCarthy (I) - News ] ] Despite this incident, he later guest starred in an episode of ' that originally aired in November 2007. [] In 2004, he returned to prominence playing Dr. Hook in "Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital". Since 2005 he has appeared with some regularity in episodes of the TV show "E-Ring". In 2008 he began starring in the NBC television series "Lipstick Jungle" and had a minor role in "The Spiderwick Chronicles".


*1987: "Best Actor" - "Mannequin" at FantafestivalFact|date=August 2008
*2005: "Best Short Film" - "News for the Church", Sedona Film FestivalFact|date=August 2008

Personal life

In 1999, McCarthy married his college sweetheart Carol Schneider, 20 years after they first dated. He later stated his reasons for tracking down Schneider: "I ran into someone who said they had seen Carol and her boyfriend and they seemed really happy, and for some reason it bothered me for a week. I called her and asked her if she was really with this guy and asked her out for a coffee." In 2002, Schneider gave birth to their son, Sam McCarthy. In 2005, the couple divorced.

In 2004, he announced that he had once had a serious alcohol problem, which began at twelve years of age. However, in 1992 he entered detox and has been sober since. [ [ - Andrew McCarthy discusses his alcoholism ] ]



External links

*imdb name|name=Andrew McCarthy|id=0000530
* [ Andrew McCarthy's Official Website]
*tvtome person|id=25690|name=Andrew McCarthy

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